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This arsenal contained 138,000 tons of munitions. About 1/3 to 1/2 has gone up in smoke, which is good news – apart from the 20,000 locals in the immediate vicinity. The last arsenal explosion in Ukraine at Lozova involved only 90 tons of munitions. Clearing up started in 2008 and still continues.The cleanup cost nearly 80 million old rate hryvnia. This explosion is on the Chernobyl scale.
. . . it is possible to assume that complete elimination of all consequences of the explosion in Balakleya will take several years and require hundreds of millions of hryvnia.